Woodturning – make a small bowl with Dave Regester

Wood, carving and turning

Ref: S1D11510

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About this course

Create a small bowl as you try your hand at woodturning and make objects from ash or sycamore.

Course Description

On this one-day course, you will be introduced to the basic techniques of woodturning and turn one timber blank to make a small bowl. As you work on the lathe throughout the day, you will practise skills to gain confidence.

Good working practice and essential health and safety requirements will also be discussed by the tutor and practised throughout. The day is designed to give you a taste of the experience of turning a bowl by using a gouge and a lathe, followed by finishing with abrasives. You will get a glimpse into the world of woodturning where pieces of wood can be converted into useful and decorative objects.

Please note that woodturning is a physically tiring and challenging activity, and requires you to be able to carefully follow the tutor’s instruction.

Having developed a taste for woodturning, attending a longer follow up course will give further insight to enable you to continue and practise turning on your own.

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary – learn a traditional skill with a selection of courses focusing on heritage crafts and inspired by original 1970s subjects.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course including the timber blank for the project.

What students need to bring

  • A notebook and pencil or a camera to record information (if you wish)
  • Sturdy covered comfortable footwear is essential (not sandals)
  • An overall or smock without loose ties, hair ties for long hair
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Dave Regester

Dave Regester began turning full time in 1974 and is self taught. He sells in David Mellor and Divertimenti in London and Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Devon. David has written many articles for Woodturning magazine and five books. He taught at Parnham College and has demonstrated and taught in Britain and abroad.

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